Research has shown that positive emotions, such as equanimity and loving-kindness, can be enhanced by practising mindfulness and compassion. Such techniques therefore can be used in a range of personal and professional contexts.
Improve an individual’s physical and emotional wellbeing, reducing anxiety, depression or stress, leading to healthier lifestyles and more satisfying relationships.
Delivered in partnership with Mindfulness CIC, a specialist mindfulness training organisation, this exciting new blended part-time course will develop a clear understanding of mindfulness and compassion, its origin and the development of personal practice and teaching practice. You will be expected to lead meditations and introduce mindfulness to beginners, strengthening your own meditation practice during the four day residential each semester.
The course is delivered online and one 4 day residential (Friday-Monday) each semester, making it possible for those living and working at a distance from the university.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
During the first year, you will be expected to reflect regularly on the development of your own meditation practice, cultivating an understanding of the impact of mindfulness on your life.
We will introduce a range of meditation practices, including mindfulness of body and breath, bodyscan and loving-kindness, exploring the theories and rationale behind them. We also aim to develop a good understanding of research methods, analysing relevant empirical research which evidences the mental and physical outcomes of mindfulness.
You will have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of the life of the Buddha and Buddhist teachings on Right Mindfulness, traditionally the seventh part of the Eightfold Path of Buddhism, the means by which enlightenment may be realised. We also consider various western secular-based mindfulness interventions, like focusing and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
During the second year, you will be introduced to neuropsychology with regards to mindfulness, the structural changes that occur in the brain in response to meditation. We consider mindfulness in a range of contexts, including educational and a range of healthcare settings.
In order to gain an MSc, you will be required to successfully conduct an advanced literature review on a topic of your choice. This could be related to a personal passion or your professional role, anything from mindfulness within areas of healthcare to the role of mindfulness in long-term medical conditions or how mindfulness has a role to play in business.
Why choose this course?
The last decade has seen an explosion in the support for mindfulness practices in work, led by organisations including General Mills, Aetna and Google, but now found in those as diverse as the Goldman Sachs Group and Bank of America, to the NHS and Transport for London.
Mindfulness-based approaches have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing anxiety and depression. Meditation is already being used to help children deal with bullying, teenagers cope with stress and adults combat workplace burnout. Some of the benefits of regular practice include: increased emotional resilience; a greater ability to focus; deeper empathy for others; greater clarity of thinking; and better health and wellbeing.
If you are interested in deepening your knowledge and practice of meditation and mindfulness, this course will be of interest. Perhaps you wish to have the opportunity to develop your own capacity for self-compassion, learning to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism. Alternatively, you might be keen to help others as a career, by teaching mindfulness and self-compassion techniques which can be gained upon successful completion of this course.
We adopt an experiential approach to learning which is designed to equip you with the core knowledge and skills necessary for effective professional or personal practice upon successful completion of the course.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the philosophy and origins of mindfulness and compassion, together with westernised approaches to mindfulness and the relationship between mindfulness and the brain. We look at the varying ways in which it is taught, such as through experiential practice, use of metaphors and science, as well as exploring the various groups that can be taught, including therapeutic relationships, workplace groups, school settings and in business and healthcare.
Our innovative teaching and learning incorporates numerous active learning methods to encourage your participation and aims to deepen your understanding of specific subjects. For example, we will often debate and discuss topics, which have previously included aspects of Buddhist philosophy and theories surrounding changes in the brain. We also examine a number of real-life case studies, via guest speakers, which in the past have included speakers from Breathworks and BBC Radio 4 (subject to availability).
A key feature of the course is the experiential nature of the residential weekends. This provides an excellent opportunity for students to deepen their practice and reflect upon and explore their understanding. There is also the opportunity to lead meditations and teach mindfulness. We may also run an optional trip to Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery in Scotland (additional costs apply and it is subject to competitive application, availability and meeting visa requirements).
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